Protection of Climate Corridors: Supporting a Diversity of Plants and Wildlife in a Changing Climate
June 29, 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve at Laudholm, 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells
Presenter: Abigail Weinberg, Director of Research, Open Space Institute; Maria Whitehead, PhD, Land Project Manager, Open Space Institute; and David Patrick, PhD, Director of Conservation, TNC NH Chapter
Plants and animals are shifting their distributions in response to climate change to find suitable microclimates. These shifts require time – generations – and space; yet climate is changing faster than at any time in recorded history, and the landscape is fragmented by roads, dams, development, and other barriers to movement. How do we ensure that Northern New England will continue to support a diversity of plants and animals?
Presented jointly by Land Trust Alliance, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, New Hampshire Extension, New Hampshire Land Trust Coalition, Open Space Institute, and The Nature Conservancy, this workshop is dedicated to understanding not only the sites – or forest cores – that will sustain species in place, but the critical connections between cores that will be necessary for sustaining populations.
The workshop will examine how populations move across the region, where critical connectors are located across the Northern New England landscape, and how they connect to the north and southern parts of the landscape. In addition, attendees will walk away from the workshop with the following information and tools:
- A refresher on climate resilient sites and identification of resilient characteristics
- An understanding of the underlying concepts critical to species migration
- Experience using new datasets to assess cores and corridor options in your service area
- Knowledge of ongoing initiatives focused on connectivity
- Case studies detailing the opportunities and challenges to protecting species migration routes
Contact Donna Bissett by email or phone at 207-729-7366.
This workshop is the first of a two part series on climate change resilience for land trusts and is free and open to land trusts and organizations working closely with land trust organizations to permanently protect land in Northern New England States including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The second workshop in this series, Climate Change Communications, will be held Thursday December 7, 2017 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland NH. For more information, contact Amanda Stone.